Some human rights stakeholders in Bauchi State, on Thursday, said that synergy and trust between the Nigerian Police and the citizens would promote peaceful coexistence in Nigeria.
They stated this in a communique issued at the end of a stakeholders engagement meeting on trust building between the citizens and security agencies, facilitated by Foundation for Societal Empowerment and Rejuvenation (FOSER), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).
Some of the stakeholders in the engagement meeting included; the Police, officials from the Department of State Services (DSS), Persons With Disabilities, Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Others were; religious and traditional leaders, civil society groups, selected youth, women groups, the media, officials of civil right commission, among others.
They lamented that lack of trust between the Nigeria Police and the citizens in the country is a great threat to a peaceful society and a factor contributing to the violation of human rights.
“There is a lack of trust between the police and the citizens, the society’s perception of the police is often negative,” he said.